Epstein-Barr virus and how it could effect your thyroid

Epstein-Barr virus and how it could effect your thyroid

What is it?

Epsein-Barr Virus (EBV) often goes by a number of names including: glandular fever/Infectious mononucleosis (mono)/ cytomegalovirus (CMV)/kissing virus

The virus is part of the herpesvirus family and is most frequently spread via saliva and you don’t have to be sick to pass EBV on as it stays in the body long after your symptoms have disappeared, laying in a dormant state. This gives the virus the ability to re-activate years later usually during a prolonged stressful period of life.

Symptoms you may have experienced?

Symptoms can vary, however once infected symptoms may take between 4-6 weeks to appear and can vary considerably in presentation. With some people, not even being aware that they have had EBV until they have had blood work done at a later date.

Most frequent symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Lack of appetite
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen glands in the neck
  • Weakness and sore muscles

Effects on your thyroid:

Due to its ability to remain dormant for the rest of your life there is a very strong connection between EBV and auto-immune conditions such as Hashimotos, including hypothyroism. As essentially EBV is causing an imbalance between your immune system and during times of stress the immune system drops therefore allowing the virus to essentially ‘trigger’ thyroid changes.

Simple things you can do to support and prevent EBV:

Good nutrition is vital, healthy sleep habits, and relaxation techniques all support the immune system. Along with immune boosting foods such as blueberries, dark leafy greens, carrots, sweet potato, nuts and seeds, turmeric – focusing on consuming anti-viral and anti-inflammatory foods and herbs.


If you are struggling with EBV or suspect that it could be impacting your health, I hope that this information empowers you to explore this virus further. If you need some assistance book an appointment.

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